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Women's Water Polo Splits Two in California

Andersen had six goals, an assists and two steals (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Harvard women's water polo team continued its west coast swing splitting its games this afternoon. Yoshi Andersen led the Crimson with four goals as Harvard dropped a hard-fought, 11-9, decision to No. 7 Cal State Northridge before powering past Cal Lutheran, 14-4. 

Harvard is now 11-11 on the season. 

At the end of the first eight minutes, Harvard trailed CSUN by two before stepping up its offense to cut the deficit to one goal. Harvard and Cal State Northridge were evenly matched in the third frame as both squads buried three goals.

The fourth quarter proved to be the differnece. With the score knotted at eight, CSUN's Lindsay Duncan found the back of the net to give her team a one-goal lead, a lead the Matadors would never surrender. 

Yoshi Andersen had four goals, while Shayna Price recorded two goals. Alexis Del Toro, Jelena Cyr and Melissa Martinelli each found the back of the net once. 

Ariel Dukes was the catalyst on the defensive end with her six stops, while six Crimson recorded thefts.

In the second game, Harvard started to click on all cylinders. The Crimson shutout Cal Lutheran in the opening quarter, to take a, 4-0, advantage. Harvard exploded for another five goals in the second frame, while only surrendering two scores heading into intermission. The Crimson tacked on five more scores to secure the win in the second half. 

Nine Crimson student-athletes found the back of the net. Del Toro, Hendrix, Andersen, Martinelli and Cyr each tallied two goals, while Melissa Balding, Zoe Osborne, Rachel Lobato, and Kalina Grabb had one. 

Defensively, Harvard combined for 21 steals. Lobato led the way with four thefts. Osborne registered a career-high three steals. Dukes made three saves in the win and Frager finished with two stops. 

Harvard is back in action Friday, March 21 at UCLA before taking on UC Santa Barbara Saturday, March 22 to round out its west coast swing.